Wednesday Night Lights

Photography, coding and the night's lights.

State of the apps!

This is just a quick update for anyone using the apps Pass Finder or FlareFinder.

It looks like Pass Finder in particular has not been working for a few users and I think I’ve tracked down the issue. I’m not completely certain on what prompted the issue but think it might have been an Apple iOS update recently that is causing some users to not receive any pass information when they open the app.

Doh! Not good.

I’m working hard to pin down the issue and will hopefully be putting out an update soon to fix it. In the mean time, if either app is not working for you, you may want to check in your device settings if Pass Finder or FlareFinder is in the list of included Notification Center apps. If not, go ahead and add it.

Sorry about any inconvenience! Also, thanks for the great reviews and ideas for updates! I will be incorporating as many of the suggestions as I can in the following updates.

Cheers!!

Christian

MOAR SPACE STUFF

If you ever actually downloaded my ISS app then you were probably terribly disappointed. It was a lame duck. It worked for about a day before things out of my control made it not-so-worky. It didn’t help that I neglected to try and find another way to get it working again. In my defense, it was a small project to help get me noticed by employers and I ended up getting a job much faster than I expected… so I really didn’t have enough motivation to keep working on it. BUT then I did. I patched it and it works! For now, anyway :/. Cross your fingers, okay. Also, I added some extra features to make up for being a shitty dev. I’ve also  created another app called FlareFinder which is similar to PassFinder except that it tells you when you can see iridium flares. Which are freaking amazing, by the way. They’re short duration (5-15 seconds) but very bright and very cool to see (they get mistaken for UFOs, so there’s that). 

Lastly, I just submitted my first game which should hopefully be approved mid next week. It’s not anything fancy but it’s maddeningly hard. I’ll link that one when it hits the store. 

Links? Links. 

Pass Finder

FlareFinder

And that’s my state-of-the-app address.

P.S. Those apps are free/no ads, so ya know, feel free to share links and stuff. Ya’ll should be seeing some space stuff. It’s pretty cool. So go do that. 

P.P.S You’re still here? I said go see space stuff. Ugh.

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My app is live, y’all!

My first app is in the App Store! As I mentioned in my last post, this app takes your location (or if you deny location services, you can enter a zip code) and then lets you know when the International Space Station will be visible for your location. 

So what are you waiting for?? Go download it here - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pass-finder/id721125800?mt=8 or just search the App Store for “Pass Finder.”

Also, go ahead and hit me with feedback or bugs or questions if you feel inclined. I’m going to be working on this app continuously, so I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Thanks!

Whoa, what month is it??

During the height of astrophotography season, it seems I disappeared. Lame, right? Well, yes and no. I did miss out on the narrow window that the Pacific NW provides for astrophotography, but I’ve been CRAZY busy. Read that as “mostly crazy” and a lot of “busy.” 

I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL! Sort of. Okay, not “sort of” because it is most definitely a school, but it certainly isn’t a typical school. I’m attending a coding bootcamp where in just eight short weeks I will have hopefully gained enough programming chops to land a job as an iOS developer. It was finally time to part ways with the company I’d been employed with for 10 years and I made the pretty bold move of radically changing careers to pursue programming.   

As of right now I am smack-dab in the thick of it. I’m in my fifth week and oh-holy-shit-mother-of-all-that’s-holy it has been a challenge. And I LOVE it. I honestly don’t think I’ve been challenged in the true sense of the word since who-knows-when and it feels awesome to be stretched like this. I came in with very (very) little programming knowledge and zero object-oriented programming knowledge so I’ve continually been trying to catch up with the rest of the class which it seems that most of them came in with some type of programming background. I think I’m holding my own though and every single spare minute I have is devoted entirely to iOS and the programming language known as Objective-C. Again, it’s awesome, but a challenge, for sure. 

Why am I telling you all of this? Mostly because I may be utilizing this blog for more than just the photos I take. I’m going to be throwing in some programming mumbo-jumbo occasionally because I think it will be good for me to explain things as I’m learning them. I recently teamed up with another student to write this blog post and it really helped me to grasp some things I was fuzzy on. So, I know there are only a few blog-followers I’m speaking to right now, but if you read this, I hope you still stick around for the switch. Astronomy, astrophotography and now coding are all passions for me and I hope to make some interesting posts that encompass all of these things. Also, I submitted my first app to the Apple App Store a few days ago. The app I wrote takes your location and feeds back a list of times of when the International Space Station will pass over your location and tell you how “bright” it will appear for that pass. Cool (nerdy) right?? It is, and when it’s finally available I expect all 20-something of you to download it. It’s free, so no excuses. GOT IT?! Cool. Until next time, kids.

Christian

Away by chansen

Away by chansen

Wild
In case you don’t want to click to get a better look.. I totally get that. Basically, it’s just a pic of some fake-ass horses up on a hill with some stars and clouds and shit behind them. I also fell a lot while climbing up this ridge to get this picture. Whatever.

Wild

In case you don’t want to click to get a better look.. I totally get that. Basically, it’s just a pic of some fake-ass horses up on a hill with some stars and clouds and shit behind them. I also fell a lot while climbing up this ridge to get this picture. Whatever.

Panorama from (a dry) Cle Elum Lake in Eastern Washington.

Panorama from (a dry) Cle Elum Lake in Eastern Washington.

This is us spinning. That is all.

This is us spinning. That is all.

A little backyard photography from last night. Caught these two iridium flares with the help of http://www.heavens-above.com/.

Iridium satellites are just small communication satellites but due to their shape and highly reflective surface they “flare” momentarily and can be quite the spectacle.

If you have never seen or noticed an iridium flare before, definitely check out the link because they are pretty neat to see. Just enter your location and it will give you a 10-day forecast of several satellites (including the ISS) as well as iridium flares. Hint: the lower the number, the brighter it is.

cozydark:

The Day the Earth SmiledIn this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.

My god. I love Cassini images far too much. For more of them, go to http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/.You can even grab the RAW images and try your hand at processing them yourself.

cozydark:

The Day the Earth Smiled
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.

My god. I love Cassini images far too much. For more of them, go to http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/.

You can even grab the RAW images and try your hand at processing them yourself.